Book Review: I Wish You Happy

Title: I Wish You Happy

Author: Kerry Anne King

Format: Kindle Edition

Published: 2017

So I loved Whisper Me This so much I had to go right into another Kerry Anne King book.  I chose I Wish You Happy.

This story moves slow.  In the beginning I asked myself why I was still reading this book.  I didn’t really feel like there was a point to anything at all and I was just watching a clip of someone’s life.  But I kept reading because unless a book is absolutely horrendous, I won’t quit reading it.  Overall, I’m glad I didn’t quit reading because I think this book highlights mental health really well.  We all need to take care of ourselves and this book gently reminds you to.

The main character is Rae, who is a huge hot mess.  She gets along better with animals than people and is socially awkward.  She ends up running over a suicidal woman on a bike on her way to bury to her dead pet rat.  I told you she’s a little awkward.

She ends up going to the hospital to check on the woman she ran over.  She feels so much guilt over what happened with Kat, the woman she ran over, and blurts out that for her recovery she can stay with her.  The guilt hit her so strong (even though there was no way she could have prevented it) and she wants to help her.  She starts to have a flirty relationship with Cole, Kat’s therapist, and he ends up planning a memorial service for her dead rat.  What?  It’s an excuse for the party.

Kat is the only drama in this book, that is unless you count Rae going back and forth in her head on what she’s doing with her life.   She is an empath so she takes on the emotional load of everyone around her.  She was seeing a therapist but stopped because, well, let’s be honest, she couldn’t handle her anymore, but, she didn’t seem to help her out anyway.

Rae does seem to find a way to detach herself from other people and grows in the book.  Kat becomes a liability and Rae FINALLY puts her foot down.  She stands up for herself and will not let herself be taken advantage of with her kindness anymore.  It was nice to see that.  It was also nice to see how important our mental health can be and how serious we should take it.  Rae felt guilty and blame for Kat when, in reality, she needed to be giving her tough love from the very beginning.  It was never anything Rae did and I think she finally sees that light.  It helps her to have Cole by her side and she gets some great advice from his grandmother.

When Cole’s grandmother enters the book, she is filled with understanding and compassion.  Rae’s therapist didn’t necessarily have that.  It is important to be able to talk to someone openly that you trust and I think the underlying message in this novel was just that.

Overall, I give this book a 4.  I would really give it a 3.5 and well, that rounds up to 4.  I teetered between a 3 and 4 but the second half of the book is solid and I was dying to see where her and Cole went.  I also had to see what happened with Kat and if Rae would grow a pair.  It’s an easy read.  If it lands on your lap it’ll pass some time.  I can’t wait to read my next Kerry Anne King book!!  Tune in next Thursday for my review of my first Little Free Library book, All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank!

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